More than 175,000 students in New York refused to take the state’s English language arts test this week, and now some are wondering how the refusals will affect teacher evaluations.
Opt-out proponents were still collecting statistics on the number of students who refused tests this week. Friday, they put the number at more than 175,000, although that did not include about one-third of districts. Some expect the number to increase next week, with third through eighth graders taking the math assessments Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
It’s exciting for the opt-out movement, said Chis Cerrone, a local teacher and school board member who was speaking as a parent and member of New York State Allies for Public Education.
“We think there will be higher numbers next week because of frustrations students had with the ELA,” Cerrone said.
Opt-out supporters had been looking for 250,000 opt-outs from both the ELA and the math exams.
These stats are unofficial still, but it's looking like they'll come close to getting the 250,000 number from just the ELA exams.